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Wrestlemania Predictions

By: Justin Hopkins

It is Wrestlemania week and boy did they not bother with the build in any possible meaning of it. Which is actually quite sad. The wrestlers have been working themselves to the bone and with the most of these matches could have had amazing builds and stories to work with, but instead, seems creative just shrugged their shoulders and said, people will be there and that is enough. Which seems lazy, I mean proper stories going in would hype up the live crowd that much more, wouldn’t it? At least some of these matches are going to be great at least. So, lets try and big brain are way to some predictions.

Night 1

Steel Cage Match Shane McMahon vs Braun Strowman

Lets get the worst out of the way, and I mean that. This is as pointless as it comes. This will either come down to Braun doing something dumb to cost himself or outsmarting Shane and I couldn’t care less. We got Owens to do a big jump or fall, we don’t need Shane on the card and Braun needs something better to do. Going to go with Braun for the win so we can end this feud.

Winner – Braun Strowman

Tag Team Turmoil for the number 1 contender ship to to Women’s Tag Team Championship match – Naomi and Lana vs Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke vs Natalya and Tamina vs The Riott Squad

Wacky theory, Becky Lynch and Charlotte as surprise entrance. Probably going to see Carmella and Billie, although an Iconic reunion would be so much more welcome. It’s not going to be the Riotts is it. Despite them being the most well rounded team on the roster. You can see how they work together as a team. Making double team moves and just deserving so much more than the nothing they have gotten in return. It will probably be Tamina and Nattie, but I will tossing a prediction to go with the team that deserves it.

Winner – Riott Squad ( Send them to NXT they need the teams and Riotts can be used.)

Raw Tag Team Championship match – AJ Styles and Omos vs New Day (Champions)

So while this has come out of nowhere and been a bit more on the comedic side. I am looking forward to seeing what Omos can do. Think his partnership with AJ is just what he needs. With the workhorse in AJ doing the work and Omos being the powerhouse and AJ being a grandslam champion is just a nice thing. So, we are getting new Tag Team Champions.

Winners and new Tag Team Champions – AJ Styles and Omos

Bad Bunny and Damion Priest vs The Miz and John Morrison

Alright, hands up, I don’t know much about Bad Bunny but as far as Celebrities at this years mania go, all for this to happen. He has been putting in a ton of work and I think we might see a surprise here in the form that he is going to be the one in trouble and have to make the tag to Priest for the hot tag, but their is no way Bunny is losing this match.

Winner – Bad Bunny and Damion Priest

Cesaro vs Seth Rollins

So, I keep pulling for Cesaro. Getting my hopes up and getting dashed, but I am still pulling for the Swiss Superman and if these two are given the time. They can really steal the show and the push for Cesaro continues.

Winner – Cesaro

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match – Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks (Champion)

Hey we are up to one of those matches that needed a proper build and they have done everything they can to take the wind out of their sails. Want to say it is because they just didn’t want to build it higher than what they wanted to be the Main Event, but they didn’t book anything to feel like a Main Event and this could have been a Main Event. It still might be, but they deserved better. They can still go out their and tear the show down and at the end, think they are going to make the change and Sasha is losing the belt.

Winner and new Women’s Champion – Bianca Belair

WWE Championship Match – Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley (Champion)

This has either been the most big brain situations were they split the Hurt Business to allow them to interfere or the most dumb. Breaking up the Hurt Business to get Drew cheered instead of just making Drew more likeable. The Money in the Bank cash in should have happened after Mania. Book Lashley to bee an unstoppable Monster and make the Hurt Business unlikeable and Drew and Battered warrior still holding his ground, with his title. Instead of just fine. Fine is for B-Level PPVs not Mania. I am backing Drew because I want him to keep his pop, although I still say he could have got that defending his belt.

Winner and WWE Champion – Drew McIntyre

Night 2

Sammi Zayn vs Kevin Owens

Oh, I so hope they are just allowed to fight each other. The rivalry is as storied as they come and each get the best out of one another and I have got such a worried feeling it is going to be more about Logan Paul than the two who earned the bright lights of Mania. Should be higher on the card and am going to hope for the best and Owens gets his momentum back.

Winner – Kevin Owens

Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Match – Apollo Crews vs Big E (Champion)

What? That about sums this match up. This should be more blood feud at this point and this feels almost like it can get a little over the top. Apollo has lost to many times and I want to see him succeed, I don’t see this being the end of the Big E run.

Winner and still Champion – Big E

The Fiend vs Randy Orton

This needed to be a Firefly Funhouse. This feud has had so many ups and downs and irritating moment, but Randy has such a vast legacy to dive into and a regular match would simply not cut it. There last was an inferno match afterall. A regular match is a step back.

Winner – The Fiend

Raw Women’s Championship Match – Rhea Ripley vs Asuka (Champion)

During the ” Can they Coexist” rerun we have seen 5 or six times this year, we saw flashes of what fun these two could have had in this feud. With Rhea screwing Asuka by tagging her with a pat on the head or them ignoring the other during tag moments. This Rivalry had one moment of excellence when Rhea threw the table into her face, Asuka was a star when they didn’t know how to handle the empty arena and out of anyone, deserved something special and she didn’t get it and unfortunately for her. Only one way to salvage the mess they made of the women’s division and that means putting the belt on Rhea. Give her at least fifteen minutes to close her reign on a high.

Women’s Tag Team Championship Match The Riott Squad vs Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax (Champion)

This tag team title reign has been an absolute plague on the Women’s Roster for months. It is bad writing all around. That has ruined both the Raw and most definitely Smackdown’s Women’s Feud going into Mania. As well as bury the ridiculously talented Shayna and protected Nia for who knows what reason. I am going with the Riotts cause they are my choice, but whoever wins the turmoil match, needs to win this match. Get those belts off them and get Shayna off this go awful team and get her back to being the Queen of Spades.

Winner’s and new Women’s Tag Team Match – Riott Squad

U.S Championship Match – Sheamus vs Riddle

it will be a fun match and while I want Sheamus to get a reward for his hard work. Want to see a longer title reing start taking priority and with that, going to go with Riddle.

Winner and still U.S Champion – Riddle

Universal Championship Match – Daniel Bryan vs Edge vs Roman Reigns

This is the hardest match to book and sure while it was a bit of a botch and they had to hurry and put Bryan in. This match should be excellent and I am really looking forward to it. While I kind of want top see Bryan walk away the victor. I can’t see Edge not winning the belt here. It is the anniversary of him having to retire and just poetic. See Edge pinning Bryan and dropping the belt to Roman at the next PPV.

Winner and new Universal Champion – Edge

As always, I hope you enjoyed and….

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NXT Stand and Deliver Predictions

By: Justin Hopkins

While the Wrestlemania build has been rather lacking across the board. At least we have the warming comfort of NXT to look forward to. I was a little surprised when they announced that it would be over two nights. Certainly stacked both nights with with some gold standards Championship Matches and blood feuds that can rank among best of the year by the end of it all. So, lets jump in and try and big brain our way to some predictions shall we.

Night 1

Kushida vs Pete Dunne

This is going to be fun. A match based around who is the best technical wrestlers. Going to be a different style that will fit perfectly between some of the matches to come and while each of them kind of need the win here. Going to go with Dunne for the win. To try and get some of his momentum back following the loss to Baylor.

Winner-Pete Dunne

NXT Triple Threat Tag Team Championship match – MSK vs Grizzled Young Veterans vs Legado Del Fantasma

Building off their recent vacancy to crown the new Tag Team Champions. We can drop Legado del Fantasma, I think this is coming down to the Vets and MSK and I so want to say MSK. Do to the time of the year and the heels normally losing, but this might be an exception. See the Grizzled Young Veterans pick up the win here and building to the third match down the line. Which I want to see happen.

Winners and new NXT Tag Team Champions – Grizzled Young Veterans

Gauntlet for the number 1 contender for the North American Championship – Isiah “Swerve” Scott vs Leon Ruff vs Bronson Reed vs Cameron Grimes vs L.A Knight vs Dexter Lumis

So, the winner of this will go on to face Johnny Gargano of night two. Now, any one of these guys can go on and tear it up with Gargano, would love to see Cameron, that would be hysterical. There is only one will winner here. Lumis has been tormenting The Way for weeks. Barring a really shock win. Can only really go with Lumis for the win.

Winner – Dexter Lumis

U.K Championship Match – Tommaso Ciampa vs WALTER (Champion)

This match is just going to be brutal. They are just going to beat the snot out of one another in all of the most wonderful of ways. WALTER throwing chops that will echo throughout the surrounding area and Ciampa doing everything he can imagine to take him down. It’s be grueling and devastating and done to perfection but when the fighting is over, I don’t exoect the title to change hands.

Winner and still Champion – WALTER

NXT Women’s Championship – Raquel Gonzales vs Io Shirai (Champion)

This is the match I am looking forward to the most. Io wanting to face the best and with her constant attack on Raquel last week. Raquel looks like an absolute world beater right now. Give them the time they need and believe they can steal the night and maybe even the week. As much as I have loved the matches Io has had with the belt. Time to put the belt of someone new and Raquel has been set up perfect and on Wednesday, Io’s time has come.

Winner and new Champion – Raquel Gonzales

Night 2

Cruiserweight Unification Ladder match – Santos Escobar vs Jordan Devlin

Having Shawn Micheals to set this ladder match up was perfect. A match set up thanks to Jordan not being able to travel thanks to travel restrictions. While I feel bad that Jordan didn’t get his full run with the belt. Kind of want to see Escobar keep the belt here. Keep it going for a bit longer and really feel like someone has to ascend to a whole new level to take the belt from him.

Winner and Cruiserweight Champion – Santos Escobar

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship Match – The Way vs Shotzi Blackheart vs Ember Moon (Champions)

I can tell you about how excited I am for this match and point out the possibility of The Way winning, but I can’t. I love the tag team of Shotzi and Ember and think they have one of the coolest entrances going. The belts are new and they need to do a better job on them. Which means keeping the belts were they are.

Winners and still NXT Women’s Champions – Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon

NXT North American Championship – Dexter Lumis vs Johnny Gargano (Champion)

Since I am going with Lumis figure we will keep it going. It’ll be a good match and at the end of the day, think they are going with Lumis. If he doesn’t win they are going to have to go back to the drawing board cause I don’t think he can take a loss at the moment.

Winner and new North American Champion – Dexter Lumis

Unsanctioned Match – Kyle O’Reily vs Adam Cole

Oh, this is going to be so good and perfect counterpart to the likes of Walter vs Ciampa. While that match is going to be brutal within the ring. Kyle and Cole is going to be the outrageous destruction of former friends turned bitter enemies in all of it’s glories. This match is just going to be great. Storytelling and production at its finest and I don’t know who to pick and pretty sure the aftermath Roderick is going to pick the bones, but I am gfoing to go with Cole for the win.

Winner – Adam Cole

NXT Championship Match – Karrion Kross vs Finn Baylor (Champion)

It is weird, this is the top title of NXT and feels like just another match. Nothing against either guy. match is going to be good. Just what it has to go up against. I am going to go with Kross. To get him back on pace before his injury.

Winner and new NXT Champion – Karrion Kross

As always, I hope you enjoyed and….

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Fastlane 2021 Predictions

By: Justin Hopkins

I am being a bit overdramatic when it comes to this rather rocky pitstop on the Road To Wrestlemania. The first PPV under the Peacock Flag, for the U.S, and while the In-Ring Wrestling part is going to be fantastic. The booking on the other hand, seems to be even more haphazard than usual and Fastlane just feels like an unwanted waste of time. Of course, I will watch because, like I said, I do think the Wrestling part is still good, and since I am watching, might as well try to put my thinking cap on and try to figure out who will win and who will lose.

Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon

Going to start with a match that may not even be happening. They announced it on Raw, but it is not in their site. So, it has either been cancelled or someone hasn’t updated the page. Honestly, I don’t care and neither do they. Braun should be doing more and I can go without seeing Shane get in the ring again. Even if the match goes on, it’ll end with something to set up for mania. My guess, Dabba-Kato gets involved and sets up a handicap match.

Winner-Shane McMahon

Women’s Tag Team Championship Match – Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair vs Nia Jaxs and Shayna Baszler with Reginald (Champions)

Remember how much fun we were having and could be having had they actually had Billie Kay join the Riott Squad. An actual team that could be so much more than what we have been given. We could be having a hoss battle with two of the most prestigious NXT Women’s Champions in Asuka and Baszler at mania. Remember the excited feeling of Sasha vs Bianca Headlining Night 1 of Mania. This story has honestly felt like punishment for the fans that have no way to feel rewarded by the end. The Women’s Tag belts deserve better. Sasha and Bianca deserve a better feud. While I hope that Nia and Shayna retain and we give the belts to the Riott’s at Mania. What I think will happen is Reginald turns on Nia and costs them the victory, to help solidify Sasha’s heel turn in the next few weeks, and we may not even get a women’s tag match at mania.

Winners and new Tag Team Champions-Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair

Intercontinental Championship Match – Apollo Crews vs Big E (Champion)

Finally, the worst is behind us and we come to a match that I am actually looking forward to. Big E has been on a tear and is always one of the most entertaining and dynamic wrestlers they have and Apollo, while always good in the ring, finally getting to show a heel persona that to match his in-rig side and expect them top tear it up in the ring, but I also expect to have another screwy finish and not have an out right winner and my guess is Big E is going to get Disqualified to set up a bigger match for Mania. Which would tie into him talking about going old testament on him last week.

Winner by Disqualification – Apollo Crews

Drew McIntyre vs Sheamus

I almost wish that they had held off on the Miz cash-in and Bobby Lashley taking the belt till after Mania. Sheamus and Drew have been having some stellar matches, especially Sheamus who is on a tear as of late. Could have made for a classic at Mania. While, on Paper, I do think Drew is clearly going to win this. Going to pick the Celtic Warrior to plant the seeds for a triple threat at Mania.

Winner – Sheamus

Randy Orton Vs Alex Bliss
To those who have read my previous wrestling blogs or my fantasy booking which Asuka to take the belt from Kofi, knows that I have talked highly of wanting to see Intergender Matches. Done right, with the likes of an Asuka, Rhea Ripley or even a Charlotte. Think they could make compelling and just as good matches as a regular match. This is not one of those times. It’ll be more promo than match and just a way to bring Bray back.

Winner – Alexa Bliss, I guess

Universal Championship Match – Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns

Edge is going to be special Enforcer and while it will be a really good match. Which is obvious when it comes to Bryan and Roman. While the triple threat for the WWE Championship at Mania is pure speculation, I would be shocked if it doesn’t happen here and that will come off the back of Edge costing Bryan the match here.

Winner and still Universal Champion – Roman Reigns

As always, I hope you enjoyed and….

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Predictions

By: Justin Hopkins

And here we are, at our first stop on our road to Wrestlemania, the Elimination Chamber. Which kind of shows how Bi-Polar WWE’s Booking truly is. Some of the bad is not their fault, while others is absolutely on them. Not saying that it is all bad. What they are doing right is exciting and the wrestling, at the very least, should be awesome and if you couldn’t tell with the thumbnail, super excited for one match in particularly. So, lets dive in and try to predict this whopping four.. maybe five match card.

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP – RIDDLE VS KEITH LEE(?) VS BOBBY LASHLEY(C)

Alright, so according to the rumor mill and announce team on Raw, Keith was injured and position in the match may be up in the air. Personally. think it is a work and he will be fine. Certainly hoping so, otherwise we are looking at another match between Riddle and Bobby and getting tired of the feud between Riddle and the Hurt Business. They are fully capable of having feuds with others and the sad part is, think this is going to continue. Think they are looking to change it up though, and by that, I mean Lashley will be dropping his title to one Riddle and have him chase to Wrestlemania.

Winner and new United States Champion – Riddle

RAW’S WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – ASUKA (C) VS ??? (LACEY EVANS)

Before I get to the prediction, I am very happy for Lacey Evans and her family on the pregnancy’s and hope for nothing but the best.

What am I suppose to say about this? They knew Monday that Lacey was Pregnant and instead of trying to get Asuka another opponent, they ran some stupid story that implied that Ric is the baby Daddy. Asuka is one of the best wrestlers on the roster. She gives great to memorable matches and her promos are gleaming with passion. When lockdown was happening and WWE was scrambling trying to figure out how to do this, she was paving the way and making the shows so much better and is thanked with no story. This was a title match based around Charlotte. Asuka hasn’t had her own story since she feuded with Sasha and Bayley. Which in a way, was more their story than hers. Some theories for replacement, if they don’t just drop it entirely. Rhea Ripley, which I would love to see happen, with a proper story leading to Wrestlemania. Rhea and Asuka could legit put on a five star match that would threaten to steal the show, or Charlotte and have her take the title to defend it against Rhea and get Rhea her win back. Which is only happening because they have to fix the damage they made last year when Charlotte beat Rhea. It is amazing how they have this caliber of talent and can’t book a show.

Winner – They drop the match and bring Rhea up tomorrow and start booking for a ONE-ON-ONE match between Rhea and Asuka at Mania.

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH – KOFI KINGSTON VS JEFF HARDY VS AJ STYLES VS RANDY ORTON VS SHEAMUS VS DREW MCINTYRE(C)

Alright, back to happier things. I can’t understand the reason behind the idea of Drew dropping the belt to win it back in front of the crowd at Wrestlemania. It get that it is side, but he’ll get the pop he deserves arriving as Champion and it will be just as glorious instead of trying to manufacture the moment. This match should be great. Probably see a lot of story threads occurring. Kofi losing because of Retribution and can see Orton being taken out by The Fiend. I think he will leave the pod and be instantly abducted somewhere else and Drew picking up the victory and setting up Edge to pick him for Mania and more on why later.

Winner and still WWE Champion- Drew McIntyre

ELIMINATION CHAMBER WHERE THE WINNER GETS A SHOT AT THE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP – KING CORBIN VS SAMI ZAYN VS DANIEL BRYAN VS JEY USO VS KEVIN OWENS VS CESARO

This match is going to be incredible. These six guys are going to destroy one another in what is just going to be an amazing match where you can make a case for each of them to win this match, but.. I can’t go against it. For the first time in so long. Cesaro is finally, at long last getting his push, that he has worked so hard for, and I am fully behind it. Owens has had multiple shots. Daniel Bryan can get a title match at any time. Jey’s redemption is still cooking, and it won’t be heel vs heel, but could easily be way to turn Sami face which would be nice, but no. It’s time for the Cesaro Section to stand up and Cesaro takes this match.

Winner – Cesaro

UNVIERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP CESARO VS ROMAN REIGNS

Cesaro isn’t going to win this. Got to be realistic, but think about this. Cesaro wins a grueling Chamber Match, gets beaten down by Jey as Roman makes his way down, but Cesaro gets one big shot in before losing, and we are off from here. Cesaro making a big push to become number one contender at Fast Lane to take on Roman at Mania. Just think about the crowd reaction to finally seeing someone they have been wanting to see have his moment. Drew vs Edge would be stellar, but this could be a great match for someone who has been there all along, and seeds can be planted here.

Winner and still Universal Champion – Roman Reigns

As always, I hope you enjoyed and….

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Royal Rumble 2021 Predictions

By: Justin Hopkins

It is the most magical time of the year. Better than any holidays or celebrations or even Wrestlemania itself, it’s the Royal Rumble. That greatest stipulation match. Pitting thirty wrestlers against one another and anything and everything can happen. From surprise entrances to heartbreaking eliminations. Circus like performances to stave off eliminations, all in the hope to be the one to point at the Wrestlemania sign, and this year is especially difficult to predict. Doing such a good job building a several potential winners in both Rumbles and to a point, that is both exciting and terrifying. With some really exciting choices, yet the building sense of grief of them picking someone who could royally torpedo the entire Road To Wrestlemania before it even begins. So, lets dive in and try to predict the Royal Rumble Card shall we.

WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – Nia Jax and Shayna Bazler vs Asuka and Charlotte Flair

We will start with the one that doesn’t matter. They have put less than minimum effort to make these titles feel special. Asuka is double champion who has almost nothing to do and Nia Jax is a constant concern that she will injure her opponent, but I am still going to pick Nia and Shayna because putting the belts on Charlotte and Asuka was a mistake to begin with and maybe they book in a good story. This really should have gone with the Riott Squad.

Winners and new Women’s Tag Team Champions – Nia Jax and Shayna Bazler

SMACKDOWN’S WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – Carmella vs Sasha Banks

This has been a fun little rivalry, and we got to see Reginald show off a bit of his Circus roots and something small for Sasha to do following her rivalry with Bayley and Carmella is a lot better than most people give her credit for. I do expect Sasha to retain her belt in what should be a pretty solid match.

Winner and still Women’s Champion – Sasha Banks

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH – GOLDBERG VS DREW MCINTYRE

Drew… For the love of everything, Drew.

Winner and still WWE Champion – Drew McIntyre ( Seriously, do no put the belt on Goldberg.)

UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP – KEVIN OWENS VS ROMAN REIGNS

I would love to see Kevin win this one. he has been so good on the build up to this and deserves another run with the belt, but I don’t see it happening here. Not at the expense of Roman Reigns, who has saved himself from the never ending void of terrible booking and made himself WWE’s biggest villains. I expect these two to just kill one another and when it seems that they will both be counted out, a returning Jimmy will hold Roman up on his feet. Making the family whole.

Winner and still Universal Champion – Roman Reigns

WOMEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE

This one I think is going to be more tricky to predict. Tend to pull from the legend and alum pool to fill out the numbers. It’ll probably kick off the show. I think that Bianca will be the Ironwoman of the match and will be the one to inevitably be the one to knock out the “Monster” Nia Jax, but will be knocked out by Bayley and while she is celebrating, will be eliminated by Charlotte. It’ll come down to Charlotte, Rhea, Shayna and Raquel Gonzales, with Rhea waling away the winner.

Winner – Rhea Ripley

MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE

This can be a lot of fun and completely nightmare fuel and the fact they can control the crowd reaction with a button is what makes this scary. Would love to see Randy get number one, upset by the early entry and get even more angry when number two is Edge, but this will go out the window when they reveal the number one and two are announced on Backstage on Saturday. I expect this to be a lot of fun and wouldn’t mind seeing Brock come back for it, but could this be the year. The year I never thought would come. the year they finally give the Swiss Superman the recognition that has been long overdue. May not be the smart choice, but I have to believe that this will be the year of Cesaro.

Winner – Cesaro

While WWE has been a wild ride of some massive highest and ugly lows. Can put it all aside, for the best PPV on the calendar and I can’t wait to see what happens at this year’s Royal Rumble. As always, I hope you enjoyed and….

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Heels and Faces

By: Justin Hopkins

Stories are all about heroes doing battle with heinous villains. All throughout media this is almost always the case and is no different in the world of wrestling. Dramatic tales of underdog heroes fighting to unseat the diabolical heel champions or fend off weaselly opponents. However, a lesser seen feud is when two faces or two heels mix it up themselves. We see matches here and there, but I am looking for proper feuds or heels where neither are expected to turn by the end. Which is a lot trickier especially when two heels square up, but was sold enough on the idea of putting my fantasy booking hat back on and talking about one of the things I love the most. So, here they are. Four matches, two heel and two faces and how I think it could be booked to where there are no turns. Using AEW and WWE. Sorry, Impact I don’t get the channel and struggle to keep up and wouldn’t do anything from there justice. So without further adieu, lets dive right in with the match on the Thumbnail.

Abadon vs Kris Statlander (Face)

Alright, two things, I am stretching the idea of Abadon potentially being face or heel. Her character is certainly not a normal face, but when the crow is chanting, eat your soul, at Shida, You aren’t an outright heel either and more importantly, Kris Statlander is injured and could be out for a while to come, but that is okay. Gives us time to set the table in advance. So, here’s how it could work. Keep pushing Abadon. She is running her way through everyone on Dark. Just keep it up. Beating everyone she gets in the ring with. After some time of this. Makes it all the way to a title match with Shida and gets the strap. Getting her win back and setting herself on top of the castle and she just keeps going. Leading to a Dynamite where her opponent no shows a title match. Is found by an interviewer leaving. Wants nothing to do with the Living Dead Girl. Angering Abadon who catches up with her in the back and takes her out. Other women start to avoid the number one spot because of this. Until, Brandy, or Matt Hardy depending on how far out you want to go, we are booking a feud between a zombie and alien after all, have fun with it. Where she declares she found a challenger not from this planet who is not afraid of her and the return, when she is healed and ready, Kris Statlander, who should walk away victorious. At this point, Abadon has made a name for herself and a force to be reckoned within AEW and Statlander picks up as one of their top women. Plus, these two are so creative with their characters that I want to see the match they can come up with. Winner – Kris Statlander.

Drew McIntyre vs Keith Lee (Face)

Okay, do not turn Keith Lee. This was the rumor that started the conversation that birthed this idea, and it is a woefully bad idea. He is one of your biggest crowd favorites you got and it doesn’t need it. Both of these guys are overflowing with charisma and are more than capable of making this feud happen. How, just have Keith Lee win the Royal Rumble. Just have them being friends but making it known that is secondary when it comes to the title. Don’t have them outright attack each other, but bumping each other. Let their promos and interviews build the tension up until the final raw and everything blows up. have them Main Event Main Event Wrestlemania as it should and… Drew should win. I would love to see Keith win it, but it would be almost too predictable. He’ll get the win back at Summerslam after cashing in the Money In The Bank. Just don’t want the champ losing at Mania this time around. Winner – Drew McIntrye

The Miz vs Roman Reigns (Heel)

This was much harder to book. Wanted to put John Morrison in The Miz’s place, but couldn’t think of any way Morrison doesn’t flip back to face in the process. When the Miz gets the chance, he is the best heel on the mic going today and that is what is needed for this and want to see the promo work between him and Paul Heyman. That would just be wonderful. How I would do it, is have The Miz line himself up as number one contender after Jey. Roman fresh out of destroying his cousin. Have Miz and Morrison rag on him for everything from his time off and attaching himself to Heyman and needing to check in at the end of a match in order to win the belt. He’ll need to dig deep in the bag to keep heel and can even go right into the Morrison turn from there. Roman will retain after another savage beating and showing the locker room that no one is safe. Winner – Roman Reigns

Brodie Lee vs Chris Jericho (Heel)

This match has had to have changed a good number of times. From Omega to Hangman, but as a friend pointed out, neither are official changes yet so that brings us to Mr. Brodie Lee vs Le Champion. Two extremely talented wrestlers and heads of their own top groups going right now. How I would start the feud is to have one of The Dark Order give a sheet to Sammy Guevara. This would obviously anger Jericho who will not be taking the idea of The Dark Order poaching on his boys and have Jack Hager beat up some of the Dark Order lesser members and the feud is on. A full on Faction War between The Inner Circle and The Dark Order. Leading to the match between Jericho and Brodie down the line to settle the score. Winner should be Brodie at the end of the day, he could use the rub from beating someone like Jericho and he wouldn’t lose anything in the loss. Winner – Brodie Lee

And that is all I got. As always, I hope you enjoyed and…

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Five potential final opponents for The Undertaker.

By: Justin Hopkins

When I was eight years old I tuned into wrestling for the first time and was blown away by the larger than life characters. While many people I knew were for Austin and D-Generation X. None was bigger for me in that moment than the Deadman, The Undertaker. Everything about him was amazing. The Gothic attire and way he would manhandle the opponent around the ring then turn around and scare the referee for trying to back him off. As the years have gone by, with some stellar to fantastic memories and some really bad moments. He has always had a way of being captivating. With all of that said though, the legend of the Undertaker needs to have a fitting end and in a big way. Now, they kind of have that, with The Boneyard Match. A match that not only saw him under the biker and Deadman gimmick. Burying AJ Styles after an entertaining bout and rode off on his bike. Which could very well be it. Had everything a final match could have for him, but by the way he talked about HBK’s final match (Before Saudi Arabia) Wouldn’t be surprised if he tries for one more. Wanting his final match to be less cinematic and done in the ring with fans around and that is the path we are going to follow today. Who could give the Undertaker the final match that he could be happy and comfortable enough with to call it a day on his In-Ring Career. Lets check out the parameters first. First they have to be a workhorse. Ability to have a great match with anyone they are in the ring with and help him to the finish line. He is great, but needs the help. Second, they got to be full time on the roster. No disrespect to the likes of Brock Lesnar, but if that was going to be it, would have happened already. A full timer would be able to keep the feud going through regular promos and wouldn’t risk of in ring rust themselves. Alright lets dive in.. with an honorable mention.

Honorable Mention The Fiend Bray Wyatt

I would love to see him fighting inside the Funhouse. Seeing him going through his career through the lenses of the Fiend and Wyatt pointing things out. Bray has always been billed as the next Undertaker character, even when he was the cult leader, but this isn’t the right format to end the career of the undertaker, and The Fiend is not the right character for him to exit out on.

5. Cesaro

Alright, This is clearly the dark horse on this list and take the most work to make happen, but not as crazy as you might think. He is a super athlete. Insanely strong and nimble and capable of having great matches any time he goes out to the ring and makes everyone he steps into the ring with looks like a million bucks and entertaining enough to build this match up ahead of time. Problem being he would need built up a bit ahead of time, with a string of victories and all.

4. Finn Balor

This wouldn’t be The Demon. We would need him to go full on heel Prince Devitt. The demon would be a good run, but the time has passed for The Demon, unless they go full Cinematic Match, A possibility but we are booking for live in the ring and Taker needs The Prince for this match. Finn has been having a good time being back in NXT, so this might be a one shot deal back in the ” Main” roster, but they could use his first run as ammunition to be used against him, by one of the biggest stars they have had to built up the drama and kind of make NXT that much more of a bigger deal.

3. Seth Rollins

With the exception of the guy at the number one spot, this may come with the easiest story to tell. The Monday Night Messiah trying to sacrifice the Deadman for the greater good. It pretty much rights itself and Seth is a workhorse who is fully capable of bringing out whatever is left within the Undertaker.

2. Daniel Bryan

High offense and technical prowess. Daniel Bryan can not only bring out the best in The Undertaker, but can even make the moments where he needs a breather interesting through the use of wrestling moves that are not a headlock. His smaller sizer would even help the undertaker move him about in the latter periods when a larger opponent would just look bad and with Bryan wanting to work with as many different people as he can. He could have a lot of fun with this.

1. AJ Styles

After the Boneyard Match happened. I was happy with how it ended and hoped they would move on, but then Money In The Bank happened. Saw how AJ acted when he saw the picture of The Undertaker and the casket. His anger when he watched the preview for the Last Ride Documentary and know that is pretty much all I want. The story of AJ wanting to redeem himself and the similarities that can be drawn between this and the Shawn Michaels match that The Undertaker has been chasing ever since. AJ fits the build for what he needs. A big name workhorse who can help the Deadman get a final match he can be proud of.

If the Undertaker never wrestles again. He can easily stake claim to the great match he had with The Boneyard match, but if not. I hope The Undertaker can have the match he can be proud enough to close his career on. He has given his life to the company and had entertained millions through it all. These are just my picks of the guys I think can pull it off. As always, I hope you enjoyed and…

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WWE Money In The Bank 2020 Predictions

By: Justin Hopkins:

Money In The Bank is a funny thing. Can really make or break someone and create moment that lasts forever. From Brock using the beat box last year, to Rob Van Dam uses his for a match at One Night Stand. Seth Rollins crashing the scene of the Main Event at Wrestlemania or my favorite, The Edge cash in on John Cena at New Years Revolution. Some decent moments, the Orton, Alexa, and Bayley Cash ins. Than the bad, Corbin, Sandow, and Strowman. Whatever will happen this year, where the formula is changed up completely, with Money On The Roof. The contestants are going to be battling their way to the top of WWE Headquarters where a ring will be set up and  the briefcases will be hanging above. Men’s and Women’s matches will be going on at the same time and have no idea how they are planning on pulling that off, but I am excited to see how they plan on doing this. So, lets dive in a try to predict those matches and the rests of the card, shall we.

Four Way Tag Team Championships – Forgotten Sons vs Miz And Morrison vs Lucha House Party vs New Day (Champions)

 

This is actually a pretty tricky one to predict. See Miz and Morrison breaking up soon, so not them. As much fun as it would be seeing the house party actually win something for a change, they are more there to up the numbers and they really haven’t done enough for the Forgotten Sons to get the win here. So, by process of elimination here, got to go with the champs retaining here.  Winner – New Day.

Smackdown’s Women Championship – Tamina vs Bayley (Championship)

I would love to be apart of the sweeping Tamina Train. Believe in the underdog story of someone who has been around for so long and chase for new rivalries to go off it. Wouldn’t have to be long..but we seem so close to having the renewed rivalry of Bayley and Sasha.. but do they need the title for that. Not really… I don’t think they will give the strap to Tamina though. So, going with the champ to defend. Winner – Bayley.

  WWE Universal Championship – Bray Wyatt vs Braun Strowman (Champion)

This one another tough would to pick, and almost seems that by having Wyatt going instead of The Fiend might suggest that Strowman is going to get the win, and I am kind of for it. I don’t want to see Strowman be a transitional champion. Would like to see him have a decent run with the belt until things get back to normal and Roman returns, and who knows. This can actually turn into something special, if they let him run with it. Winner – Braun Strowman

WWE Championship – Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre (Champion)

Speaking of something special. Drew has really been making the most of the empty arena settings and don’t see any reason to take the strap off him before a crowd can celebrate it formally. Wouldn’t want to see him lose it and win it back in front of a crowd… because I am afraid that they will lose interest in him before that and not get another run. So, for safety reasons, I really want to see a successful defense. Winner – Drew McIntyre

Men’ Money On The Roof – A.J. Styles vs Daniel Bryan vs King Corbin vs Aleister Black vs Rey Mysterio vs Otis

You have no idea how badly how much I want to say Shayna or Asuka wins this briefcase. Each of them are capable of mixing it up with the guys and the matches are going to be transpiring at the same time. What if they are fighting on the roof, beating the guys up and women’s case has been snatched up and bodies are laying. A distraught Shayna can’t believe she lost, but looks up at the men’s case. Cuts away to the guys and they come through the door in time to see Shayna bringing it down. but I don’t think they will do something as gutsy. Going to go with A.J. for his work on the Boneyard match. Winner – A.J Styles

Women’s Money On The Roof – Shayna Baszler vs Asuka vs Lacey Evans vs Nia Jaxs vs Dana Brooke vs Carmella

This really feels like a two woman fight here. Lacey, Carmella, and Nia all kind of have reasons to win. Adding something to the case, but Asuka and Shayna are on fire, and Asuka has probably been the brightest star in the empty arena. Able to bring life to every segment and match she is apart of and really want to see her dancing around with the case. So going with the heart and predict the Empress is walking away with it. Winner – Asuka

Bonus pick – Otis is going off the roof.

There are some rumored matches, which I am just going to ignore cause I can’t even guess if they will actually happen or not. With that said, this should be a fun event to watch, one way of the other. Sort of a danger from the Money on the roof matches being overcrowded and beyond hectic, but glad to see them trying something new here and that is all I can ask.

As always, I hope you enjoyed and…

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The Main Event Review

By Paul Anthony

In This review will be going over a little movie called The Main Event which is made by WWE Studios and released on Netflix. Now currently Netflix is making headlines by a another movie I which we will review at a later date. now that film is a hardcore action film, so when I describe this film I am truly saying it in a good way. When I first saw the previews I have to admit I thought this film was kind of dumb. In part the trailer showed a kid beating a and lifting a pro wrestler. Now Wrestling is already under the light because of it being staged and etc, so I figured it would hurt that sport even more because they did in fact use real wrestlers. Then I did watch the film and it explain why he was able to do what he did. Now at this point this blog does contain spoilers so you have been warn!

The movie is about an eleven year boy named Leo who gets picked on by bullies and begins to lose his confidence. Leo lives with his grandmother and father and the film reveals not only does he get picked on but also his mom left them behind forcing his dad to work two jobs to keep the house running. But one day when Leo is getting chased by bullies he stumbles a crossed a wrestler’s mask but this mask is special which when Leo puts it on he has a strength and personality of a confident wrestler. At this point he learns that WWE NXT is coming to town for a tournament and the winner gets 50,000 dollars and a WWE contract. The money is the important part because Leo’s dad needs 20,000 dollars in order to keep the house and return to working one job and can spend time with Leo. As the tournament goes on Leo becomes the talk of the town and favorite to win, which causes him to do promos and sign autographs which takes him away from his friends, which then Leo goes back to having low confidence because he realizes he loves his friends and family more than anything. In The final match his opponent steals his mask before their match, which is something he should have noticed beforehand but never mind that. When Leo learns that the mask is fake, he begins to get scared which at this time his father shows up and guides him through the cage match where he tells Leo that everyone has a weakness and his opponent’s weakness is height which Leo coaches him to climb the cage and look down which basically causes the guy to pass out and fall allowing Leo to go for the pin and the win. When they discover that Leo is just a kid which means he can not get the contract but passes it to another wrestler, Leo keeps the money and saves his family’s home.

The movie was a good family over the top film with nice feel good story which I know we all need right now. Some things were over the top even for that type of film. The comedy did fall flat and I only caught myself giving a giggle here and there. Even the acting was stiff at moments but in the end I would say this was decent family movie. With that being said I giving this film a C for a grade yes it had it’s moments but it just felt like an average film.

Bad Week for the Employees of Vince! Part 2

By Paul Anthony

Last week I did a blog on the XFL shutting down and everyone basically got fired. At this point it was clear Vince was never invested in that league as much as he was suppose to be but in this blog we are going to talk about the employees that he is truly invested in. Last week WWE laid off more than 30 people from the producers to on screen talent in order to cut cost and by that you would think that this outbreak is killing WWE. However that isn’t actually true, yes with the live events being canceled they aren’t bringing in as much money but they are like any other league and that they are still in great shape but there was reason for the cuts which we will talk about in a second.

It has been reported that WWE does have 500 million in the bank at this point to keep the company float if it ever faced some real hard times. I am guessing Vince learned this from the issues WWE faced in 90’s. So they have reserve money basically. Now Vince we all know some times can sign people and over pay them for example and Brock and Bill Goldberg contracts pay them several million dollars combine for their thirty second matches that they do for a few times a year instead of building stars and that would actually increase profits and would actually cut cost but not people that work hard for him and give up their home lives to make him money.

Now the amount of money they saved by cutting people that they did would have only used up a few percent of their reserve money for a few months and they could have easily refunded their bank account once everything returned to normal. Charts showed that even with this shutdown going, they would have still made a profit for the year yet was there something behind this more than what we are to believe? Most likely this was a move to please the investors who want keep making more and more money and Vince who wanted to please them and not touch the reserve and cater to their needs. Down right shame if you ask me that in these hard times, people who have money still want make more money.

There have been rumors that some of the people that they let go would return. Sadly everyone that was on screen still had a 90 days no complete clause in their contract. Which leaves WWE their only option for the next few months. In which WWE would bring them back. Now When things return to normal I have to wonder if wrestlers will truly want to wrestle for Vince after they saw how the hard working employees got treated through these tough times. I hope AEW continues but there also other promotions as well that will treat these wrestlers better than this. In the end of this two blogs about Vince I have to say even if you the money, you can’t trust him.

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